By Denisaurus News service
The Nigerian police have raided the Abuja office of an online newspaper, The Premium Times Services Limited, who has constantly sponsored false stories against the Chief of Army Staff, CoAS.
Officers arrested the publisher of the news website, Dapo Olorunyomi alongside the judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu over several false and unjustifiably accusation published against Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Burutai.
The news site falsely claimed that the CoAS was to be made to appear before the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, “over false asset declaration.”
Lt. Gen Buratai who recently led the Nigerian Army in a victorious battle to recapture Camp Zairo, a last stronghold of the Boko Haram group, was cleared by the CCB on 11 July and 29 September, 2016.
The Nigerian Army decided to brief its lawyers to institute legal action against the Premium Times, after concerted efforts “were made to make Premium Times retract the story and appologise, to no avail.”
“As a law-abiding citizen, Lt. Gen Burutai took appropriate legal steps seeking redress through the courts.
The court then ordered for the arrest of Mr Olorunyomi and Ms Okakwu over the said report.
Both journalists were released on bail at 5:00pm however, they have been told to report to the police station tomorrow morning.
The Premium Times has been caught out in the past for publishing false stories. Last year, following the decision of the Senate to reject Ibrahim Mustafa Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the news website did a shoddy fact check which has since been countered by this blog.
Mr Olorunyomi, a former director at the EFCC is gunning for Mr Magu to be made the 4th chair of the commission.
The Premium Times has also made an habit of illegally obtaining information that could put citizens in danger.
Many Nigerians welcomed the news of the arrest, as they believe the online media has been unprofessional in the way it’s handles sensitive materials.